‘At the same time we find the explanation of how there can be groups of religious phenomena which do not belong to any special religion; it is because they have not been, or are no longer, a part of any religious system. If, for some special reason, a cult happens to be maintained while the group of which it was part of disappears, it survives only in a disintegrated condition. That is what has happened to many agrarian cults which have survived themselves as folklore. In certain cases, it is not even a cult, but a simple ceremony or particular rite which persists this way. This is the case with persists in this way.
Durkheim, Emile  1976 The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Translated by Joseph Ward Swain. New York: Allen & Unwin LTD p. 41